Gorgeous antique Minton 1892 marked 12pc 9 3/4" dinner plate set with opulent raised 18k gold enamel decoration on cobalt blue and all in fabulous condition! The backs bear the Minton maker mark and also double marked for the New York retailer Gilman Collamore & Co.. Hand written enamel marks of "97182", like the pattern though I'm not certain. The Minton date mark for 1892. A rare complete 12pc service here, all beautifully ornate with raised decoration and frieze style borders on a cobalt base. Semi-scallopped rims and all twelve in superb condition! Davis Collamore & Co. was a high-end New York City importer of porcelain and glass, headed by Davis Collamore (7 October 1820 — 13 August 1887). The firm, rivals to Tiffany & Co. and Black Starr & Frost, commissioned designs from Copeland Spode and Thomas Minton Sons, that featured hand-painted details over transfer-printed outlines and often rich gilding. Porcelain by Haviland, Royal Worcester, and Villeroy & Boch also appear with the firm's stamped underglaze marks integrated with the manufacturer's. Davis Collamore was among the first to recognize the beauty and value of American-made cut glass and also offered Rookwood Pottery, for which they were the representatives at the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1889. Davis Collamore, born in Scituate, Massachusetts to a family that had been settled there since 1639, was the youngest of twelve children. At the age of sixteen he moved to New York City to be employed by his brother Ebenezer, an importer of glass and china, at 171 Broadway, with a residence near St. John's Park. In 1842 he established his own business, at 595 Broadway. His brother Gilman Collamore (1834—1888) came to join him in 1854. Gilman established his own business in 1861. Gilman Collamore & Co., in premises at 731 Broadway in 1861, then occupied premises in Union Square before taking two storeys of showrooms in The Wilbraham, a fashionable block of bachelor flats at Fifth Avenue and 30th Street, that opened in 1890; about 1920 new premises were constructed for the firm at 15 East 56th Street. Davis Collamore & Co.'s premises also matched the moves uptown of fashionable New Yorkers. An ad for tea and dinner services advertised from the firm's early premises, at 479 Broadway, just below Broome Street, appeared in Harper's Weekly, 25 April 1863. Retail shops were opened at Broadway and 21st Street, then on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 37th Street, and then, in 1911,at 48th and Fifth Avenue and finally at 7 and 9 East 52nd Street. There was a branch at the fashionable resort of Newport, Rhode Island. Of course we're all aware of the Minton name, known for their lasting styles and opulent wares. This set definitely a testament to their long, lauded history! Gorgeous! You know, every time I'm in Paris I price the hand decorated raised gold china at the Bon Marche, and those plates, which compare with these (though I admit the old ones are always much finer) range from a low of 500 euro per plate to a high of 5000 euro per plate. The applied gold powder enamels are not only very costly to do, they bring a premium price if anyone spends the immense time to gain expertise and to do this type of elegant plate decoration today. The old ones are still the prettiest, always the best!
Excellent condition. No chips, cracks or crazing to any of the twelve pieces. Possibly a tiny bit of wear to the gilding here and there but, as you can see, they're all in magnificent condition! See pictures for measurements. Probably pattern G7182 (someone emailed - I haven't verified).
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